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September 27, 2007

Hospital gets its due

Fletcher presents check for old hospital demolition

Times-Tribune Staff Report

Gov. Ernie Fletcher stopped in Corbin Wednesday to present funding to finally demolish the old Corbin Hospital.

The old hospital building, vacant since 1984, is structurally and environmentally unsafe. Over the years, various plans for the removal and development of its 12-acre site have been thwarted by the presence of asbestos and other hazardous materials.

 Two grants — $440,000 from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and $60,000 from the Governor’s Office of Local Development — will cover most of the cost of demolition and cleanup. The money will allow Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council (KCEOC) Community Action Partnership Inc., to go forward with plans to build affordable housing on the site.

“This is an exciting project because it will turn this site into an economic development engine,” Fletcher said.  “This project is a great example of taking a problem area and turning it into a place the entire community can use to its benefit.”

This project will require abatement of asbestos and removal of underground fuel storage tanks. Total cost of the project is $646,250.

KCEOC representative  Miles Estes said the checks presented Wednesday should cover the costs of the entire demolition, and that work would hopefully start within the next month.

Once the site is cleaned up and made environmentally safe, KCEOC will move forward with plans for housing development.

KCEOC also has an option on an adjacent piece of property that would be utilized in the development. 

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